I really wish I could sit down and interview Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who on Monday sentenced Meek Mill to two to four years in state prison for once again violating the terms of his probation on 2008 gun and drug charges.
I know she's a busy woman and that there's a long-standing tradition of judges not giving interviews to journalists. But all I'd need is a few minutes to ask about some unusual accusations lodged against her by one of Mill's attorneys, Joe Tacopina. The New York City lawyer has been claiming that Brinkley asked Mill to record a Boyz II Men ballad called "On Bended Knee" and give her a special shoutout in it.
Tacopina, who called from Italy on Wednesday to discuss the scurrilous allegations, claimed that Mill and his then girlfriend Nicki Minaj, also an entertainer, laughed off the request. Tacopina wasn't in the meeting that took place in the judge's chambers, but was relating how he'd heard things had supposedly gone down. I have questions. Boy, do I have questions. I want to ask Brinkley if there is any veracity to the claims. Did it really happen or is this an attempt to smear her reputation? After all, Mill is not even a singer – he's a rapper. He's not even a rapper who thinks he can sing, but I digress.
And if Brinkley made such an unusual request, did she feel that her conduct was appropriate? I would also quiz her about Tacopina's eyebrow-raising claim that Brinkley suggested that Mill move from the internationally-known Roc Nation, which was founded by Jay-Z, to a local agent "who she had a relationship with." I mean, really?
And let's not forget the judge's infamous visit to the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia after ordering Mill to feed the homeless at the church as community service. Brinkley acknowledged going there and observing him sorting clothing – not handing out food as she'd ordered.
Michael Coard, a local defense attorney, told me, "In my more than 20 years as a trial lawyer, not only has no judge ever visited any of my clients doing community service, I've never even heard of that happening. And that's because real judges have a life and more important s—- to do."
Finally, before I let Brinkley go, I would ask about that hefty sentence she handed down on Monday. Nobody saw that coming. As I wrote earlier this week, Mill brought his legal problems on himself because he made the mistake of letting his ego make him feel above the law.
Mill has time to reflect on all of that now that he's back behind bars at the state prison at Camp Hill near Harrisburg. He's scheduled to be evaluated there before being assigned to the prison where he'll serve at least two years before becoming eligible for parole.
That's an awfully long time to have to serve because of parole violations. I want to ask Brinkley about that – if I could only get her on the phone or arrange a sit-down.